4 Best Movies to Watch by Stephen Merchant

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Fighting with My Family manages to pull off a respectable pro wrestling movie with a lighthearted teen drama slant — a nice change of pace and a victory in itself. Saraya (Florence Pugh) and her family paint the movie with dorky crass jokes, but the film doesn’t seem to tread that line masterfully enough to where we look past her family’s obnoxiousness and find it purely charming instead. But there is more to like here than not: Vince Vaughn as levelheaded NXT coach Hutch Morgan, Dwayne Johnson as himself, and even the blonde girls posse were a little more than just clichés and added a sense of maturity to the portrayal of modern WWE.

Genre: Comedy

Actor: Adam Maxted, Aqueela Zoll, Ashley Darkwood, Bobbi Tyler, Brendon Burns, Charlie Sterling, Chloe Csengery, Christine Ozanne, Chuey Okoye, Ciaran Dowd, David Minton, Dwayne Johnson, Ellie Gonsalves, Elroy Powell, Florence Pugh, Hannah Dodd, Hannah Rae, Jack Gouldbourne, Jack Lowden, James Burrows, Jerome Fleisch, Jerry Lawler, John Cena, John Layfield, Jonathan Jules, Josh Myers, Julia Davis, Julia Hamer-Bevis, Justin Sysum, Kim Matula, Leah Harvey, Lena Headey, Michael Coulthard, Mike Mizanin, Mohammad Amiri, Nick Frost, Olivia Bernstone, Paul Robinson, Paul Wight, Rishi Ghosh, Rod Zapata, Roy Bevis, Samantha Allen, Samantha Alleyne, Saraya-Jade Bevis, Simon Kippen, Simon Musk, Stephen Farrelly, Stephen Merchant, Thea Trinidad, Thomas Whilley, Tori Ellen Ross, Vince Vaughn

Director: Stephen Merchant

Rating: PG-13

One of the many good movies from director Edgar Wright - if you loved Shaun of the Dead, then this Buddy-Cop Homage will make you double over (and question humanity – or lack, thereof) just as much. Sandford is a small English village with the lowest crime and murder rates, so when overachieving police Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) gets sent there because he was so good he intimidated those around him, he just about loses it. From car-chasing, bone-thrilling, head-blowing action, he graduates to swan-calling, thrill-seeking, sleep-inducing madness. But all that’s about to change – for the worse? For the better? You decide. An obscenely funny flick that has an intriguing plot and an even greater set of characters, Hot Fuzz wasn’t named the best film of the Cornetto trilogy for nothing, clearly cementing Pegg and Nick Frost as the ultimate action duo of the genre.

Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Actor: Adam Buxton, Alice Lowe, Anne Reid, Ben McKay, Bill Bailey, Bill Nighy, Billie Whitelaw, Cate Blanchett, Chris Waitt, Colin Michael Carmichael, David Bradley, David Threlfall, Edgar Wright, Edward Woodward, Eric Mason, Garth Jennings, Graham Low, Jim Broadbent, Joe Cornish, Julia Deakin, Karl Johnson, Kenneth Cranham, Kevin Eldon, Lorraine Hilton, Lucy Punch, Maria Charles, Martin Freeman, Nick Frost, Olivia Colman, Paddy Considine, Patricia Franklin, Paul Freeman, Peter Jackson, Peter Wight, Rafe Spall, Robert Popper, Ron Cook, Rory McCann, Simon Pegg, Stephen Merchant, Steve Coogan, Stuart Wilson, Tim Barlow, Timothy Dalton

Director: Edgar Wright

Rating: R